As some you may know I am a complete foodie! I love food, however I hate to cook it
- a complete paradox that not even I understand!
When it comes to easter, I am quite traditional and seeing as this easter I am not spending it with my family I thought I would still value my families tradition and make the same meals.
One thing that I absolutely love is mantecados (peanut butter cookies). I've never attempted them as I thought they would be a nightmare to make and if I'm honest it was quite stressful. My first attempt was a disgrace (see photo below). They didn't taste that bad, but I was ashamed to send that photo to my family.
Thankfully when I did them a second time they turned out much better. I may be biased, but I do recommend you try making them as they really do go down a treat, especially with a cup of tea or coffee!
1 jar of smooth or crunchy peanut butter
400g plain flour
200g icing sugar
1 packet of poppy or sesame seeds
Preheat a fan oven to 160 degrees and place baking paper over an oven.
Mix in the lard with the icing sugar until smooth.
Add in the jar of peanut butter and begin to knead all the ingredients together.
Once all the ingredients have been mixed together add in the flour and continue to knead the ingredients together - the consistency should be gooey!
To make the shape of the mantecados, it is the same process as making a meatball. The smaller the better as they will expand in the oven. After you have created your ball press down to flatten it and add your seeds on the the top of your mantecado.
Place in an oven for 30 minutes checking it every so often so it does not burn.
Once they have turned brown check the consistency and make sure they are cooked.
Give them time to cool and enjoy!